Rise Against Hunger Philippines’ Farm to Fork initiative is truly a holistic approach to ending hunger via community empowerment. Rise Against Hunger Philippines works ensure that food production and food security efforts do not compromise economic, social or environmental well-being.
Through the Farm to Fork initiative, our Philippines location implements contract farming, which involves the hiring of small-scale indigenous farmers to provide vegetables for use in Rise Against Hunger meals. In partnership with the Negrese Volunteers for Change Foundation (NVC), Rise Against Hunger Philippines purchases the vegetables for their meal packages from 100 farmers in the upland communities of the San Carlos, Negros Province.
These farmers are members of the Bukidnon Organic Farmers Association and lliranan Tribal Council. To guarantee the highest standards of food quality, all produce is organic, and every farmer is required to be GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Certified, meaning their produce is free from biological, chemical or physical contamination.
With this strategy in place, the farmers grow food to support their families, and excess harvest is consolidated and sold at fair market prices to the NVC, which then dehydrates the vegetables for Rise Against Hunger. In an effort to further support sustainable farming, shavings from the dehydration process are composed and then given back to the farmers to use as fertilizers.
The final dehydrated vegetables are mixed into the Rise Against Hunger meal packages of Rise Against Hunger which are then used to support supplemental feeding programs in the farmers’ communities. With this step, the Farm to Fork cycle is completed.
Having grown from working with two farmer groups in 2016 to now partnering with eight groups, the program continues to empower the communities we serve. For more on how you can support programs like Farm to Fork, visit our Empowering Communities page.